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GMSA is a strong organization because it is run by and for self-advocates. We have created resources and training materials that should only be presented by people with developmental disabilities. We encourage staff, teachers, parents, and allies to support self-advocates in teaching this material. However, our resources and trainings cannot be presented or used without self-advocates leading the way. If you have questions, contact us! We are happy to help you learn how to support people with developmental disabilities to use these resources.

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How to Write Using Plain Language

Learn how to write using Plain Language. It saves time and makes it easier for all people to understand what you have to say. Use these resources to learn: to write sentences in a way that most people can understand how…

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Fighting Fair

Fights and arguments are a normal and healthy part of having relationships. However, there are ways to have a fight that are better than others. This tool teaches the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of having an argument. If you follow the…

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Dating Game

This workshop is similar to the classic television game show. Three contestants sit on the stage and compete for the attention of a person who is hidden from view. The contestants are asked questions by the person who is trying…

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Creating Partnerships: Including Self-Advocates As Trainers

Including self-advocates in training is critical to ensure that the perspective of the person receiving services is heard.  Most often, self-advocates have years of experience, both good and bad, and can direct us to what is most important to them.…

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Bill of Rights

GMSA is working hard to help self-advocates in Vermont know what their rights are and learn how to stand up for them. As part of this goal, GMSA wrote and produced a video called “Our Bill of Rights.” This video…

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Video – Santa Fin

This resource is a video. Finbar Ciappara is a young man who uses an iPad to communicate. For years he had a dream to be a Santa Claus. This is his story of how that dream came true.    

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Thomas Talks About Coming Out. Twice.

Thomas Caswell is a self-advocate from Vermont. Thomas talks about growing up with autism and growing into his life as a gay man. This podcast was produced by Rumble Strip.  Click here to listen to this podcast. Below you can…

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Top Ways Teachers and Service Providers can Support a Person with a Disability Who is Coming Out LGBTQ

“Coming Out” is a saying that means telling others about your: Sexual orientation (who you love or are attracted to) and your gender (how you feel – like a man or a woman or both or neither) Thomas Caswell is…

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A List of Resources on Disability and LGBTQ Including a Short Description

Green Mountain Self-Advocates created a list of resources about being LGBTQ and having a Disability. Each resource is followed by a short description. Web-Based Resources • Self • Peer • Others • LGBTQ Only • Disability Only Journal Articles And…

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Advice For Someone With A Disability Who Wants to Come Out Or Explore Their Sexuality

“Coming Out” is a saying that means telling others about your: Sexual orientation (who you love or are attracted to) and your gender (how you feel – like a man or a woman or both or neither) Thomas Caswell is…

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